Vol. 65 No. 14 Wednesday, April 8, 2009
CERT Program Provides Skills to Survive an Emergency
By Jay Cope, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
There is an old sports adage that says, "the desire to win is not
as important as the desire to prepare to win." For military team mem-
bers, who may be called upon to react to a local, regional or national
disaster, that adage could just as easily read, the desire to respond to an
emergency is not as important as the desire to prepare to respond.
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field military personnel,
government civilians and contractor personnel displayed their willing-
ness to prepare March 4-6 when they completed a Community Emer-
gency Response Team (CERT) training course to improve their ability
to take action should a disaster strike the local area.
During the three day course, Whiting Field team members
learned emergency response basics such as: fire extinguisher opera-
tion, first aid, triage of patients, search and rescue, and more. The skill
A Naval Air Station Whiting Field Sailor simulates an in-
sets were combined and tested with a mass casualty exercise at the end jury victim during Community Emergency Response Team
of the third day. training held March 4-6 at Whiting Field. The course teach-
In all, the students completed more than 24 hours of voluntary es basic skills to help people react appropriately during an
(Cont. on Page 5) emergency situation. Photo courtesy of James Walsh.
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,ear Adm. Townsend Alexander visited NAS Whiting Field April 1
md 2 marking his first trip to the base as Commander, Navy Region
Southeast. During his tour he visited many facilities on the base in-
:luding the Night Vision Goggle Lab with a brief from Lt. Tom Jones
above). U. S. Navy photo by Ens. Andrew Stephenson.
MCPON CPO Birthday Message: Anchor Up Chiefs
From Master Chief Petty Officer
of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW)
Rick D. West
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On the
occasion of the chief petty officers'
116th birthday, Master Chief Petty
Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/
SW) Rick D. West sent the following
"On April 1st, our entire mess will
MCPON Rick West pause to celebrate the 116th birthday
of the United States Navy chief petty
officer. Traditionally, this is a time for each of us to look at
the honored traditions of our mess and the heritage associ-
ated with it.
In the days leading up to our birthday, I've taken
some time to read up on many of my predecessors. One I'd
like to discuss with you this year is our fifth Master Chief
Petty Officer of the Navy, MCPON Billy Sanders.
Twenty five years ago, MCPON Sanders was lead-
ing an enlisted force that was gradually downsizing, and he
was stressing a need to keep our ranks filled with the best
He turned his attention to the senior enlisted and
said that there was no room for mediocrity. He addressed
the entire group and told the master chiefs, senior chiefs and
chiefs that, "it's clear from your years of service that you
have made a career decision to remain in the Navy that's
not enough. It's time to be a professional military man or
"It's time," Sanders wrote, "to be Navy."
What a statement, and look at how relevant it is to-
day as we reach the end of a time where our force has grown
smaller. Leadership at the CPO level has never been more
important, and Sanders' words still apply.
I'd recommend each of you take the time to read up
on the history of our mess. I think you'll find, as I did, that
the lessons from our past have remained current to this day.
Happy birthday shipmates. I really appreciate the
hard work you do every single day.
Don't forget those who have gone before us and the
standards they set for us all. Keeping our heritage alive is a
Thank you for your leadership."
Sailors Needing a Break May Consider Career Intermission
By Lt. Cmdr. Elizabeth Zimmer-
mann, Task Force Life Work
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Sailors can
now take a break from active Navy ser-
vice, courtesy of the new Career Inter-
mission Pilot Program (CIPP).
Approved in the Fiscal Year
(FY) 2009 National Defense Authori-
zation Act, the CIPP offers a temporary
inactivation from active duty from
one to three years for top performing
Sailors. The Navy is optimistic that this
measure will enhance retention in criti-
cal skill sets, while allowing greater
flexibility in career paths of service
"Our Navy continues to look
at innovative approaches to retaining
our best Sailors. Finding new ways to
hold on to the leaders of tomorrow is
a must," said Rear Adm. Dan Hollo-
way, director, Manpower, Personnel,
Training and Education. "Our millen-
nial generation continues to tell us they
want balance between their personal
and professional life. This is one tool to
provide flexibility for our Sailors and
to help them positively integrate life
The pilot pro-
gram provides an op-
portunity for up to 20
officers and 20 enlist-
ed participants each
year in 2009, 2010,
2011 and 2012. The
CIPP will provide a
transition for active-
duty personnel to
the Individual Ready
Reserve (IRR). Par-
ticipants will retain
full active-duty Tricare health benefits
for themselves and their dependents
and receive a monthly stipend of one-
fifteenth of their basic pay. To ease the
transition, members may elect a Navy-
funded permanent change of station
move to anywhere in the continental
United States when entering the pro-
"This pilot program is for top
performers who have the desire to 'Stay
Navy,' but need some time off," said
Holloway. "It could be for any num-
ber of reasons to
pursue a degree full-
time, to take care of
an ailing parent, or to
start a family."
participants will re-
turn to active duty at
the end of the period
prescribed and will
incur a two-to-one
for every month in
the program (served
in addition to any
previously existing obligation). Time
spent in the IRR will not count toward
retirement, computation of total years
of commissioned service, or high-year
The break in service excludes
participants from promotion consider-
ation. Upon returning to active duty,
officers will have their date of rank ad-
justed, and enlisted members will have
their active duty service date adjusted
in order to be competitive with oth-
(Cont. on Page 6)
"This pilot program
is for top performers
who have the desire to
'Stay Navy,' but need
some time off"
Personnel, Training and
News and Notes
Softball Tournament NAS Whiting Field Military Appre-
ciation Softball Tournament. $150.00 entry fee per team. T-shirts
for first place team. Don't miss out on the Home-Run Derby.
Teams must be registered by Monday, April 20th for gate access.
Attached is the flier. Call or e-mail Todd Mooneyham (MWR,
Sports Coordinator) at 850-623-7502 ext.23 / todd.mooneyham@
navy.mil for all of the details (home-runs, bats, cleats,...etc.) This
Tournament is open to everyone including civilian teams.
Golf Tournament The NASWF Leadership Council Golf
Tournament will be held on Friday, Apr. 24, at the NAS Whiting
Field Golf Course. Tee-off time will be at 1000. This is a 4-man
scramble, $120.00/team. Prizes for will be given to the top 3 teams,
longest drive and closest to the pin. Mulligans 3 for $5.00 per
person. Tee-Buster $3.00 per person. Fee includes green fees,
cart and light lunch. Pre-pay or pay the day of the tournment.
Contact LTJG Sirjoo, (850) 449-0360, or ABHC Perry, (850) 623-
7220, for reservations. Pre-pay or pay the day of the tournament.
Animal Adopt-A-Thon Santa Rosa County Animal Ser-
vices with sponsors Mediacom, Soft Rock 94.1 and WXBM 102.7
will hold its 5th annual adopt-a-thon on Saturday, April 18 from
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the shelter located at 4451 Pine Forest Road
in Milton. For this special event, the adoption fee is $15 for cats
and $20 for dogs with a spay/neuter voucher provided at no cost
for any unaltered animal. Pets on leashes are welcome to attend.
Free food, local rescue organizations, vendors, children's activi-
ties, contests and drawings will be offered during the adopt-a-thon.
For more information call (850) 983-4680.
Sunset Stampede The Zoo at Northwest Florida's 1st An-
nual Sunset Stampede 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sat, May 21
at Navarre Beach. The race begins at 6 p.m. with a Kids Fun Run
beginning at 5 p.m. The first 500 people to sign up get a t-shirt.
Cost: $20.00 thru 4 Apr, $25.00 after. See www.zoosunsetstam-
pede.org online for more information.
Country Fest WXBM's Country Fest will serve as the Na-
tional Military Appreciation Month kick off event! for the Pensac-
ola Area. Come spend the day with Your Country 102.7 WXBM as
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Maj. Casey Shea, USMC, has his new rank insignia pinned on his
collars by his wife Amy as Lt. Col. Javier Ball, commanding officer
Training Squadron SIX looks on. Photo courtesy of Training Wing
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Contractors demolish Bldg.1465 at Naval Air Station Whiting Field.
The building was one of three slated for destruction and the structure
was down in a matter of hours. U. S. Navy photo by Ens. Andrew
we bring Country Fest to life in Pensacola at Five Flags Speedway.
This all day family fun music festival features great music, ven-
dors, activities, attractions and so much more! Gates open at 9am
show starts at 10am. Tickets are only $25.00 for adults, children
12 are admitted free. Featuring Artisits Craig Morgan, James Otto
and Whitney Duncan. For details call studios: 850-994-5357.
2009 Handbooks The 2009 Consumer Action Handbooks Are
In! This Handbook contains information on but not limited to: Be-
ing a Smarter Consumer, Filing a Consumer Complaint, Corporate
Office Contact info of Automobile Manufacturers, Better Business
Bureau Contacts, Corporate Consumer Contacts and much, much,
more. Visit the Fleet & Family Support Center to pick up your free
copy. Supplies are limited so pick up yours today.
ITT Tickets Your ITT office has discounted CountryFest tick-
ets available now for $23 for active military only. Wild adventure
in Valdosta, Ga. has provided discount tickets to the ITT office
for $35 a $14 reduction on normal costs. Free 5 day hero salute
for Disney world and free day two-park unlimited Universal hero
salute tickets are also in stock. Finally, just in are discounted Bama
Jam tickets. The three-day concert event in Enterprise, Ala. has a
normal cost of $178, but ITT has them for $99. Stop by the bowl-
ing alley or call 623-7032 for more information.
Golf Tournament 2 The 2009 NMCRS Golf Tourney, origi-
nally scheduled for Thursday, April 2nd has been rescheduled to
April 16th due to the inclement weather. Any questions may be
directed to ENS Melinda Montano 623-7186, Registration forms
are located in the TRAWING 5 STUCON office. The event costs
$30 per person and will be held at the NASWF Golf Course.
The shotgun start kicks off at noon and the format is a four man
best ball scramble. Various prizes will be awarded.
Captain's Cup Softball Captain's Cup softball will be-
gin on Monday April 20th. Games will be played Monday and
Wednesday evenings at 5, 6:15, and 7:30 p.m..
Navy League Luncheon The Santa Rosa County Council
of the Navy League is hosting a luncheon at Naval Air Station
Whiting Field's Sikes Hall April 16. Congressman Jeff Miller is
the featured speaker. Social time begins at 11 a.m. and the buffet
lunch starts at 11:30. RSVPs are requested by April 10 and the
cost is $15 per person. Contact Nicole at 850-623-2339 to reserve
a seat or for more information.
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Your Insurance Needs Tuesday, April 7, from 1:00 3:00 p.m.
A 60 90 minute interactive program suitable for all audiences, designed to develop knowledge and skills that will enable participants
to make informed consumer decisions on the basic types of insurance, and to determine their personal need for life insurance. Class will
be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Anger Management Wednesday, April 8, from 1:-00 2:00 p.m.
Is anger affecting your health, your relationships or your work performance? Learn to understand the causes and effects of unhealthy
anger and how to express and release that anger in a healthy way! Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information,
contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Credit Management Tuesday, April 14, from 9:-00 11:00 a.m.
The average American family has nine credit cards (1996 American Express Survey); three or four of those are used regularly; the aver-
age total balance on those cards is $3,900 at the interest rate of 18%. Attend this class to find out ways to better manage your credit.
Class will be held in the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Job Search Strategies Monday, April 20, from 9:00 11:00 a.m.
Are you new to the area and having a hard time finding employment in this tough economy? In this informative class, we will give you
several techniques and resources that will help you with yourjob. Bring a copy of your resume for review.
Developing Your Spending Plan Tuesday, April 21, from 9:00 11:00 a.m.
This class is not designed to tell you what to do with your money; this class will challenge you to think before you spend. There is no
patent on the "right" way to handle your money, but there are better ways to get your dollar's worth. Class will be held at the FFSC
conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Time Management Wednesday, April 22, from 1:00 2:00 p.m.
At the end of the day, do you ask yourself "where did the day go?" and feel like you have accomplished very little on your list of "things
to do?" If you answered "yes" to these questions, this class is for you. The information provided in this class will provide you with tools
that will help you make the most of your busy and demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
NASWF to Get New Runway Lights
By Ens. Andrew Stephenson, NAS Whiting Field Public Affairs
Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field recently began a ma-
jor runway lighting improvement project to update the existing lights
and signage for aircraft operations on the base. Much of the lighting
currently in use on the base's airfields has been in place since the first
helicopter training squadron arrived in the 1970s and is outdated. This
project will bring the lighting system up to current standards and help
the base continue to provide a safe and efficient aviation training envi-
The $12.4 million runway lighting improvement project be-
gan March 24 and is scheduled to be complete April 2010. The work
includes extensive upgrade and replacement of existing airfield light-
ing systems, as well as installation of new systems and signage.
The primary goal of the project is to replace the old lighting
systems currently in place with state of the art equipment that will al-
low the facility to continue essential primary and intermediate flight
training operations. With the upgraded lighting system in place, NAS gg-s eavy o
Whiting Field should see a substantial reduction in operating, mainte- student from Pea Ridge Elementary school hauls in he
nance, and energy costs. Additionally, the possibility of malfunctions bounty of eggs during Helicopter Training Squadron EIGHT's
disrupting the training pipeline will be substantially reduced. Easter Egg Hunt for thekids. The event was held at the Nava
"This new system will bring Whiting Field into the twenty- ir Station Whiting Field sports complex April 7. U. S. Navy
(Cont. on Page 5) photo by Ens. Andrew Stephenson
(Cont. from Page 1)
training which will better prepare them
to handle disasters that could affect the
base or the local community.
"First responders may not be
able to arrive immediately after an
emergency," said Jim Walsh, Emergen-
cy Manager for NAS Whiting Field.
"The basic techniques taught in this
course can enable people to take care of
themselves and their neighbors should
a disaster occur."
The Community Emergency
Response Team concept was developed
and implemented by the Los Angeles
City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985.
The Whittier Narrows earthquake in
1987 underscored the area-wide threat
of a major disaster in California. Fur-
ther, it confirmed the need for training
civilians to meet their immediate needs.
As a result, the LAFD created the Di-
saster Preparedness Division with the
purpose of training citizens and private
and government employees.
Santa Rosa County under-
stands the benefit of having residents
who are trained in these basic emergen-
cy response techniques, who can aid
their neighbors in times of need. Brad
Baker and Daniel Hahn from the Santa
Rosa County Emergency Management
department taught the class at Whit-
ing Field and the county is pushing the
concept in other areas as well. The Na-
varre CERT has nearly 100 members in
place. Pace is currently developing a
CERT organization and a teen class is
being taught at Pace High School.
The CERT course benefits the
graduates who will be better prepared
to respond to an emergency affecting
their home and family. However, it
not only helps them cope with personal
disasters, but enables citizens to aid
in community responses, reduces the
burden on limited emergency response
teams, can help supplement commu-
nity response capabilities after a disas-
ter, and ultimately can help save lives.
Since 1993 when this training was
made available nationally by FEMA,
communities in 28 States and Puerto
Rico have conducted CERT training.
"We have a large military and
military retiree populace here and near-
ly all of them would have had some
form of emergency response training.
This course provides a great refresher
for them, and builds on techniques they
already have learned. The more of
these people we can get to renew their
knowledge the better their capability
to hold the fort until help arrives," said
Whiting Field is looking at
hosting another course in several
months, but that will be dictated by
interest from potential students. The
class is free and there are no require-
ments placed on people who graduate
the course. Anyone who has authorized
access to the base is eligible to attend
the course. For more details call Walsh
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ing the lighting on the airfields at Whiting Field. The $12.4 million
contract will update the lighting for the airfield making it cheaper to
operate and safer for the pilots. U. S. Navy photo by Ens. Andrew
first century, instead of relying on lighting that is more than
forty years old," said Leann Bair, NAS Whiting Field Airfield
The need for this upgrade was discovered during a
routine 2004 survey of the base's North and South Fields. Dis-
crepancies were found with the lighting, signage and wind in-
dicators, conflicting with the requirements of current Naval Air
Systems Command instructions. Lightning strikes have caused
deterioration of the runway and taxiway lighting systems, some
of the lighting placement needs upgrading to meet current stan-
dards, and signage needs updating. The electrical system is
susceptible to water intrusion and unscheduled maintenance ef-
forts are becoming more frequent, both on the lights themselves
and on the power distribution network.
"The current system is often unreliable, with too many
single point modes of failure, where if one light goes out they
all go out," said Bair.
During this project the deficiencies found by the
compliance survey will be corrected, either through upgrade
of existing components, or by replacement or installation of
new systems. The wind indicators will be replaced with lighted
windsocks and runway threshold and end lighting, as well as
edge lighting on all runways, will be modified or replaced to
meet the new standards.
Additionally, the project also includes the replacement
of the cabling, conduits, wiring, etc. to power not only all run-
way lighting, but required airfield navigation systems as well.
Existing guidance signs on taxiways will be replaced and ad-
ditional guidance and hold position signs will be installed. All
markings on taxiways and helipads will be repainted, and at
South Field the helipad perimeter lights will be replaced.
Another portion of the project will replace the exist-
ing approach lighting system on runway 14 at North Field with
an improved approach lighting system that includes alignment
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BBB Offers Free Shredding During "Secure Your ID" Day
Pensacola, Fla. (April 2, 2009) -Your
Better Business Bureau serving
Northwest Florida invites individuals
to take the necessary steps in protecting
their identity during this year's "Secure
Your ID" Day shredding event.
BBB is partnering locally with
Gilmore Services, WEAR-TV 3 (Pen-
sacola), Cat Country 98.7 FM and
WJHG-TV NBC 7 (Panama City) to
help individuals take steps to protect
their personal information.
BBB and its partners will be
at Cordova Mall in Pensacola and in
Panama City on Saturday, April 18, to
offer free document shredding and ad-
vice and resources for protecting per-
During our previous shred-
ding event in March, 1,354 people
brought approximately 41,000 pounds
of sensitive documents to
be destroyed by Gilmore
Services and to receive in-
formation about protecting
themselves from identity
Last year 2,210
people throughout north-
west Florida brought
67,080 pounds of sensitive
documents to be responsi-
Contrary to popu-
lar belief, only 12 percent
of identity theft is commit- SUL l i
ted online. The majority of
identity theft occurs when the thief has
direct contact with the victim's person-
al information such as through a stolen
or lost wallet, or by rifling through the
victim's mailbox or trash.
BBB Secure Your ID
April 18 10 a.m. 2
Cordova Mall, Pensacola
and Panama City
Mall, Panama City
Bring up to 50 pounds
of documents to be
shredded on site, free-
Sof-charge and take home
tips and resources you
need to help protect
yourself. Please do not
%' Ir M tie bags.
For more information
on "Secure Your ID" Day, visit www.
nwfl.bbb.org/securelD and for addi-
tional advice you can trust on protect-
ing yourself against identity theft, start
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ers of similar time in grade on active
"We are looking at career inter-
mission as a possible permanent part
of Sailors' 'menu of options' for a life-
time of Navy service," said Holloway.
"It's just one of many flexible options
we are implementing or considering as
we respond to changing workforce and
The 'menu of options' includes
ideas such as part-time work for part-
time pay, more interchange between
active and Reserve status and other
flexible work options such as telework
and compressed work schedules.
Application packages are due
to Pers-4 by May 1. Selectees and al-
ternates will be announced by the end
of June. Full pilot program details can
be found in OPNAVINST 1330.2,
and the instruction, NAVADMIN and
related information are available on
the Task Force Life/Work Web site at
Ui American Clean-Up
Ready to pitch in and help your
Saturday, April 18, 2009
8 am through Noon
Milton Milton High School
Pace Pace Assembly of God
Navarre NatureWalk Park
Avalon Christian Life Church
Munson Blackwater Baptist Church
Floridale Bliss Way
Bagdad-Bagdad Museum (Church St)
For more information call 623-1930
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These new and upgraded systems will bring NAS Whiting Field
up to current Navy and Federal Aviation Administration standards. The
maintenance costs for the lighting system are projected to be substan-
tially reduced from current levels, as the improvements to this system
should provide dependable airfield lighting for at least twenty years.
An added benefit of this project is an expected reduction in op-
erational energy costs. This is due to the replacement of the traditional
type taxiway lights with more energy efficient Light Emitting Diode
(LED) lights mounted on elevated fixtures. The taxiway edge lighting on
both the North and South Fields will be replaced with LED's.
All taxiway lighting for the taxiway connecting the two fields
will also be removed and replaced with LED lighting. At the intersection
of this taxiway and Langley Street additional signs and markings will be
put in place to increase awareness of crossing aircraft traffic, as well as
to alert drivers who inadvertently turn onto the taxiway.
The project is scheduled to be completed in phases so that opera-
tional impact can be minimized. Work on runway intersections that will
require the runways to be closed is to be completed on weekends and at
night. During each project phase temporary runway lights, barricades
and markings will be in place to indicate closed runways.
"This new airfield lighting is state of the art. It will increase
safety at NAS Whiting Field, not only for the aviators but for lighting
system maintainers. The air traffic flow on the two fields will be expe-
dited, facilitating the high volume of training that occurs here at Whiting
Field," said Bair.
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First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; Lt. j.g. John Ferreira, USCG: 1st Lt. Anthony Doukas, USMC; Ens. Christine Benedict, USN;
Lt. j.g. Tasha Hood, USCG; Ens. Nathan Malnati, USN; Lt. j.g. Victor Barba, USN; Ens. Adam Sheppard, USN; Ens. Aaron Castro,
USN; and Col. Scott Walsh, USMC. Second Row: Lt. Col. C. A. Stackhouse, USMC; 1st Lt. Michael Tyson, USMC; Lt. j.g. Gabrion
Kisler, USN; Ens. Robert Bridgman, USN; 1st Lt. Jason Sylvester, USMC; Lt. j.g. Zachary Miller, USN; Lt. j.g. Ryan Popiel, USCG;
and 1st Lt. Michael Passe, USMC. Third Row: Cmdr Christopher Heaney, USN; Lt. j.g. Dermot Killian, I, USN; Lt. Charles Wilson,
USCG; 1st Lt. Wesley McCray, USMC; Ens. James Morrison, USN; Ens. James Doherty, USN; 1st Lt. Bryant Hagwood, USMC; Ens.
David Craig, USN; and Col. Wilbert Thomas, USMC.
Left Photo: Ens. Eric Holler, USN; Ens. James McGhee, USN; Lt. j.g. Joseph Semke, USCG; 1st Lt. Michael Stremer, USMC; Lt. j.g.
Randall Slusher, USCG; and Lt. j.g. James Wyatt, USN were honored with Training Wing FIVE's academic awards April 3. Slusher and
Wyatt earned the awards for advanced training while ther others were recognized for their achievements during primary flight training.
Right Photo: Ens. Luca Maurelli, ITN; 2nd Lt. Lindsay Kip, USAF; receive their Academic Achievement Awards and stand with 1st Lt.
Aaron Carlson, USMC; 1st Lt. Benjamin Nickell, USMC; and Ens. Christopher Wenzel, USN who received their Advanced Academic
Achievement Awards at the same time March 27. U. S. Navy photographs courtesy of Training Air Wing FIVE.